Monday, March 7, 2011
Book Review - Ford the Men & The Machine by Robert Lacey
This book holds a great place for me. This is the first scholarly Ford book I ever read. At the tender age of 8 no less. I got made fun of at school for reading it instead of comic books, but I didn't care, Ford books rule over any other kind of book.
With any book there are negatives & positives. Negatives such as the rather rushed last couple chapters, the rather obvious author's stance on politics & unions- his views show in the writing on chapters dealing with Labor Relations, The Peace Ship, and Presidents Roosevelt & Coolidge.
The positives include presenting new information, an easy to read format suited to the general public and Ford Scholar alike, and a few never before published photographs.
This book was the basis for the bloody awful(at least from a Ford Historian perspective) made for TV movie that starred Cliff Robertson as Henry Ford. We will cover that in the next post.
All in all, this is a good addition to your Ford books shelf if you don't have it already and you can pickup a used hardback copy for under $5.